Class Needs:

A device with access to Zoom (make a free account here: https://zoom.us/)

Open floor space clear of obstruction so that your child can move freely

Students should attend Zoom classes in the class attire that they usually wear in dance class

Best practices & tips:

Prior to starting your class, double check that you have the most recent version of Zoom downloaded to your device

Class zoom links should not be shared with anyone outside of your class; this ensures the safety of our community. 

Please do not record classes without checking for permission from your instructor

Mute your microphone when not speaking to eliminate background noise. It is helpful when parents of younger children can show children where to find these buttons on their device. We need students to know how to both mute and unmute themselves so that they can participate in class discussions and provide their input.

If you are experiencing a poor connection, try closing all of the other open windows or programs running.

If possible, it is helpful for teachers if students’ devices can be placed in such a way so that instructors can see students’ whole bodies, even if students move to the ground. For younger students on an iPad, parents could take a minute to show them how to move the device lower when they go to the ground, so that they can still be seen, and then how to move it back up when they stand back up. 

General Safety: 

Space: Be aware of your space. Are there sharp corners on furniture? Are there uneven spots on the floor? Dancing in spaces not traditionally suited to dance can be an exciting opportunity to play with site-specific dancing and architectural elements (especially for our modern students), but in these cases an awareness of your surroundings is even more important than it usually is in dance ;). Know the space you are in and adjust your dancing accordingly. 

The floor: We don’t recommend dancing on concrete because it’s very hard for the joints and muscles. If the best space you can access is on concrete (or a similarly unforgiving surface) we’d recommend wearing tennis shoes to protect your/your dancer’s metatarsals/joints. We do recommend: the outdoors when warm enough, wood floors, wood decks, & carpet. Keep in mind that wood and carpet can be placed directly on top of concrete, so adjust your movements if necessary. 

Recommendations for specific classes: 

Ballet: If you are dancing in ballet slippers, socks or tights you can test the surface you will be dancing on beforehand to see how slippery it is. You might have to adjust your dancing. Turns and other gliding movements might have to be adjusted while we dance at home. This is okay! Learning can still happen if we are adjusting movements. Using the back of a chair is a great way to have your own “barre” at home. 

Modern: Dancing in bare feet or sneakers is best. For our older students especially, who will be attempting the most technical movements, we want to emphasize modifying! It is not worth jumping like you would in the studio and ending up with a metatarsal or knee issue. When you are improvising you can change the quality of your movement to suit the space you’re in. When you are reviewing existing choreography that was created in the studio, just mark certain things until we can be back in the studio. 

Tap/Clogging:  The best surface is a spare piece of plywood you can put down outside or on carpet somewhere. You/your dancer will be able to hear your taps and won’t be in danger of slipping. Any hard wood/ wood deck that is okay if it gets a little scuffed is the second best. We do want to emphasize that tap shoes will scuff any surface, so if you care about that not happening, don’t tap on it! If you don’t have a good option for tapping at home, you can dance in bare feet and still practice the movements without making the sounds. Again, we do not recommend any concrete surfaces (see above), but especially not for tap.  The shiny, finished concrete (or ceramic tile) is bad because it can be slippery (and dangerous for joints), and outside concrete (like on sidewalks) is no good because the grit can ruin your tap shoes and you potentially won’t be able to use them inside the studio again.